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    Alex Raymond original artwork published in LOOK Magazine October 20, 1942 envisioning how the Allies will "destroy the head of the Axis octopus". Accomplished in pencil on 17.75 x 22 in. illustration board. The art depicts futuristic "Mongo-inspired" American warplanes destroying, as captioned, "the head of the Axis octopus" with its tentacles threatening the continents of the globe. As laid out in the magazine, there is a blank area on the upper left where another artwork was inserted with a publisher note in the blank frame, "Drawing No. 5 - Right hand page - spread 1" with "54%" written in the lower right corner. The LOOK Magazine article, entitled, "The Creator of Flash Gordon Envisions the War's End / Alex Raymond, who draws the famous strip, thinks superscience will win for us." An excerpt from the article: "Raymond had been drawing Flash for nine years. The strip has scores of imitators. But Raymond's work is considered unique, first, because the drawing is so good, second, because Raymond makes Flash's superscientific adventures seem entirely plausible. Raymond believes many of them are. While he was doing Flash, science began to fascinate him. In these pages, dealing with a truly serious subject, he retains his imaginative approach, picturing superscientific crafts that might, conceivably, win the war." Raymond's first Flash Gordon strip debuted on January 7, 1934, introducing the handsome "Flash Gordon, Yale graduate and world-renowned polo player" and his lovely companion, Dale Arden, who parachute out of a crashing plane and are Shanghaied by Dr. Hans Zarkov aboard his rocket ship, launched to intercept the threatening planet Mongo as it hurtles toward Earth. Thus began the fantastical space opera that, by the late 1930s, was published in 130 newspapers across the globe, translated into eight languages, and read by over 50 million people. A wonderful war-date drawing reflecting how Alex Raymond envisioned warfare in the future. Expected light toning along margins with mounting tape on verso.

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